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ERIC Number: ED318391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 10
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Drop-Out: Problems of Comparing Drop-Out in Different Distance Education Systems.
Bartels, Jorn; Willen, Brigitta
It is argued that because the term "dropout" has different meanings in different systems of distance education, it is difficult to compare dropout rates of two or more distance education universities. Two very different European distance education systems, the FernUniversitat in West Germany and the Swedish system, are examined. Background information on each of these systems is followed by a comparison of their methods for assessing dropout rate. The paper concludes with a list of various institutional aspects that must be taken into consideration if dropout rates are to be compared between distance education institutions, including: (1) the level of education offered by the institution; (2) the subjects offered and the specific content of those subjects; (3) the teaching methods employed; (4) whether the institution offers a degree system or a course system; (5) the goals of students; (6) the admission policy; (7) the entrance qualifications; (8) the enrollment policy; (9) the method for counting students; (10) the types of students who study at the institution; (11) the nature of the selection criteria; (12) the pacing of study; (13) the examination system; and (14) the availability of student support. (18 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden